New top-up method: Bancontact


Belgium’s most used payment method is Bancontact. Bancontact have an app which allows one to send money (pay online) or receive money by scanning a QR code appearing either on the website of a merchant or on a friend’s phone.

Aware of that, PayPal enabled Bancontact top-ups, especially as many people in Belgium don’t use a credit card. Top-ups and everything listed above are instant. I think it would be very nice to be able to top-up using Bancontact.



Hi @steve,

Thank you for you feedback.
We’ll take a look and let you know as soon as we have more information.

Thank you


Hi, Bancontact is the Belgian domestic debit scheme - the more general problem is that all bancontact cards are also Maestro cards - unfortunately with 17 digits (while the common standards is 16 digits) so they can’t be used fo Maestro top ups…Belgium has to be special, of course :frowning:


Of course. It has always been a “special and small country”… :wink: